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The JEMJRL, also referred to as the JEM, Jr., is a left-handed solid body electric guitar introduced by Ibanez in 2016. It is a signature model of American guitarist Steve Vai and part of Vai's JEM series. It is produced in Indonesia as the most affordable JEM model.

As with all JEM models the body features Vai's signature monkey grip on the upper body and lion's claw rout behind the tremolo. It has an all-white color pattern, with white body, headstock, pickups, pickguard, fingerboard inlay and knobs.

The JEMJRL features a mahogany body bolted to a maple Wizard II neck with a 24-fret rosewood fingerboard with Tree of Life vine inlays. Components include Ibanez Quantum pickups with a pair of humbuckers flanking a single-coil, a double locking tremolo bridge and a locking nut.

For 2018 the rosewood fretboard was replaced with jatoba. Later in 2018 the mahogany body was replaced with meranti.

The JEMJR is a right-handed version.

Specifications

Specifications for JEMJRL
Year(s) produced: 2016–2020
Sold in: Asia / China / Japan / Europe / USA
Made in: Indonesia
Finish(es): White (WH)
Body
Body type:
Solid body
Body material:
2016–2017: Mahogany
2018–2020: Meranti
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
Std. DL tremolo (10.5mm string spacing)
Pickguard:
3-layer: white/ black/ white
Knob style:
Plastic top hat (white)
Hardware color:
Cosmo black
Neck
Neck type:
Wizard III
Neck material:
1-piece maple
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
2016–2017: Rosewood
2018–2020: Jatoba
Fingerboard inlays:
Tree of life
Frets:
24 / jumbo
Nut:
Locking
Electronics/ Strings
Pickup configuration:
HSH
Bridge pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (H) passive/ceramic
Middle pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (S) passive/alnico
Neck pickup:
Ibanez Quantum (H) passive/ceramic
Controls:
Master volume / master tone / 5-way lever
String gauge (factory):
.009–.042

Images

Additional details
HSH 5-way both-splits
Pickup switching diagram
Controls VT5 lefty
Control layout

Sources

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